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Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def postpones tour, rumors abound

Popular hip hop recording artist, stage and film actor Yasiin Bey, formerly known to the world as Mos Def, recently made headlines with reports that his upcoming U.S. tour had been postponed for reasons unknown. Promoters of the Boston show, where Bey’s tour was to kick off, caused controversy when they announced, last week, the postponement was due to Bey having been denied entry into the country by U.S. I ...

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Empress Verdiacee Tiari  uncovered hidden history

Her Highness Verdiacee Tiari Washitaw Turner Goston El-Bey, the empress of the Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah Empire and leader of the Emperial Washitaw Nation of Muurs, made her transition in April 2014, completing the lifetime of a matriarch who was celebrated around the world. In her time, Empress Verdiacee was a published author, archivist, historian, international diplomat, mayor, judge, business woman and ...

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The front lines of the longest war in American history

It’s not just a movie, its real life. And it’s not what you thought it would be, it’s much more. The scenes in “The Hornet’s Nest” are taken from actual moments during the war. It shows the daily life of our soldiers, their struggle, their pain, their heroism and an aspect of war one can never anticipate. As a documentation of modern warfare, the film is a pioneering work that uncoils its tale using video f ...

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Poll: 30 percent plan to oppose Obama in midterms

African Americans are being urged to vote in numbers like never before in November’s midterm elections to help Democrats keep control of the U.S. Senate, and a recent Gallup poll should give them added incentive. Some 30 percent of registered voters told Gallup they will vote for a candidate in November’s elections opposed to President Barack Obama. An equal number said the same thing before the 2010 midter ...

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WCCCD increases security standards with Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement police certification

An increase in security officers and training standards are two benefits of the transition to Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards by Wayne County Community College District for some of its officers. The certification will add additional requirements to the current P.A.330 WCCCD had used to provide guidelines to its security training. MCOLES curriculum for certification requires a minimum of 560 ...

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Ras Baraka elected mayor of Newark

Ras Baraka, one of the sons of the late poet/playwright Amiri Baraka, handily beat rival Shavar Jeffries, May 13, to become the next mayor of his father’s city. The mayor-elect paid tribute to his father, who died in January, and his mother, Amina Baraka, who was nearby off-stage at the Robert Treat Hotel. ...

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8-year-old hero laid to rest

Eight-year-old Martin “Marty” Cobb and his 12-year-old sister had a special bond. They were by all accounts inseparable as siblings, best friends and playmates. “They were never apart,” said the Rev. Theodore L. Hughey, the pastor at Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, the family’s church. They would ride bikes and big-wheelers together, play side-by-side with children in their south-side neighborhood an ...

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Fast-food workers arrested at McDonald’s headquarters

Over 100 protesters were arrested May 1 at the national headquarters of McDonalds in Oak Brook, Ill., as more than 1,000 people from across the country demonstrated in favor of raising the minimum wage. Rev. Charles Williams II, president, Michigan National Action Network was one of 40 Detroiters arrested. Workers and activists are raising awareness and urging the McDonald corporation to raise the minimum w ...

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Conyers’ legacy, position at risk

Congressman John Conyers is poised to be the most senior member of Congress, the top U.S. House Judiciary Committee Democrat and the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). If reelected, Congressman Conyers, who has served 50 years, would accrue all the benefits of the longest serving members. Yet, the veteran congressman is not currently on the August primary ballot, and is thus embarking on a campai ...

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Big bucks, violence and Black women

The manipulation and one dimensional portrayal of Black women on television was once again thrust into the spotlight after an on-camera blow up by two cast members of the popular “Real Housewives of Atlanta” series. The profanity-laced, finger-pointing, hair-pulling melee, which aired April 20, resulted in battery charges, an arrest warrant, endless replays and debates on morning news shows and social media ...

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